April 4, 2013

No, you’re not depressed

1 out of 3 Americans reading this think they’re depressed. At least according to a new book by psychiatric historian Edward Shorter, who gave an interview on the epidemic to The Daily Beast:

Something like a third of Americans think they are depressed in a given month, but we know, writes Shorter, that only 3% of the population is chronically sad.” It’s a dangerous state of affairs which means that poorly diagnosed patients are denied the benefit of proper treatment while being exposed to all of the side effects of classes of medication, such as the Prozac-style drugs, that are ineffective for serious illness.”

Shorter’s book seeks to answer a simple question: Whose fault is that?”
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